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PLANS for an energy plant that would use household waste to power a new estate will go on display next week.

Origin Renewable Energy will unveil its plans for a combined heat and power facility at Magnetic Park in Desborough at the town’s new leisure centre in Ironwood Avenue on Thursday.

A company spokesman said: “Rising energy costs and the need for greater energy security are two of the most concerning issues we are currently facing as businesses and householders.

“The Magnetic Park Energy Centre will provide a more sustainable source of energy for local homes and businesses.

“Sustainability is often perceived as an impossibly large task, detached from local people on the ground, but the development of this energy facility and ongoing investment in the surrounding community will enable the people of Desborough to become actively involved in delivering a sustainable place.”

Based in the industrial area of Magnetic Park, the plant would convert household and business waste into heat and power for the adjacent housing developments and nearby businesses. Surplus electricity would go into the National Grid.

Eco interior designer Oliver Heath will give a keynote speech at the launch of the plans, which will run from 10am to midday.

Other industry figures are also expected to speak and there will be a question and answer session.

The plant could receive more than 80,000 tonnes of waste a year and convert it to energy through a process called gasification.

It would have the potential to produce around 8MW of electricity or 32MW of heat or a combination of heat, steam and electricity.

The centre would also have a visitor’s centre to offer educational, meeting and conferencing facilities to the community.

Desborough Town Council and Kettering Council are considering plans for the plant.

Kettering Council’s planning committee gave outline planning permission for a 700-home extension to the Grange Estate earlier this month.

Paul Kirwan, 64, of Burdock Way in the Grange Estate, said: “Everyone is going to be conscious of sustainable energy going into the future but its source means increased traffic along Harborough Road.

“What are the risks if something goes wrong?”